Linda Montano’s exhibition “Seven Years of Living Art” consists of monthly performances in the Museum’s Mercer Street Window over a period of seven years. Inspired by the ancient Vedic tradition of Chakras, or body energy centers, “Seven Years” is an ongoing spiritual exploration of the tension between life and art.
“Each year of the project corresponds to a different chakra, a related color, tone, and spoken accent. Once a month on the day corresponding to the year of the performance, Montano sits in the Museum’s Mercer Street Window meeting with visitors to discuss art and life and to read palms.
For 1990-91—the seventh and final year of the project—Montano’s focus is on bliss; the chakra is centered on top of the head. The color that she wears and is surrounded by is white, the tone she listens to is F, and her accent is, for the first time in the performance, her own.”1